Thousand Oaks Water Solution



By Dr. Kevin McNamee


  • Thousand Oaks becomes more independent of imported water.
  • Economically viable solution.
  • $47 million dollars is kept in the five cities which Calleguas Water Treatment Plant supplies.
  • Continuous revenue stream for infrastructure maintenance and improvements.
  • Reduces water demand on Central California Farmers and Los Angeles.
  • Stabilize consumer water and wastewater rates.
  • Revenue bonds are repaid from current revenue leaving the area to pay for imported water from Metropolitan Water District.


  • Cooperation among the five cities.
  • Inconvenience of construction infrastructure improvements.

Ventura water experts argue that “Without major, immediate changes, Ventura’s water shortages will be at a scary level within five years.”1 Grand jury’s county wide evaluation concluded its cities must address water needs. The grand jury finds, “Ventura County may have survived the worst of the state’s drought but …. Several cities rely too much on imported water and haven’t developed plans for an emergency water shortage.”2

It is clear that our cities need to address the issue because Sacramento legislature is not. Ventura County cities are on their own to solve this one. Doing back-of-envelope calculations revealed a creative, economically viable solution including a continuous infrastructure revenue stream.

Calleguas Water Treatment plant, which supplies the drinking water for Thousand Oaks, Moorpark, Simi Valley, Camarillo and Oxnard, purchases annually 87,541 acre-feet of water, costing $82.5 million, from Metropolitan Water District of Los Angeles. After conventional water treatment, Calleguas distributes the drinking water to these Ventura cities.3,4

An innovative solution to consider, making Ventura less dependent on imported water, is to redirect the estimated 50 million acre-feet annually (57% of treated water) of the wastewater effluent to an advanced wastewater facility to be built at Calleguas. Using reverse osmosis and micropore filtration, an ultra-pure water is deposited into Lake Bard — Calleguas water storage location. This lake water is treated again through Calleguas conventional water treatment plant before going to the consumer.5

Instead of paying Metropolitan Water District $47 million annually ($942 per acre-feet) for the imported water from northern California, Calleguas pays the revenue bonds. There will be no consumer water rate change to pay for the advanced water treatment facility. When the revenue bonds are satisfied, participating cities receive a prorated portion of revenue to maintain their water and wastewater infrastructure.

Ventura cities become more independent from imported water. Los Angeles and Central Valley farmers will have more water. It provides a continual revenue stream to maintain water and wastewater systems without raising rates or floating construction bonds.

Kevin McNamee

Dr. Kevin McNamee, a 2018 candidate for the Thousand Oaks City Council, is a 20 year resident of Thousand Oaks and business owner for over 28 years. He is an instructor at Ventura College in the Water Science Department. As a member of the Thousand Oaks Rotary, he volunteers his acupuncture and chiropractic clinical services at the Westminster Free Clinic to many of the city’s illegal immigrant and under-served population. His practice specializes in acupuncture, chiropractic, Asian and herbal medicine, blended with traditional Western diagnostics and treatment protocols. In addition to his practice, Dr. McNamee provides pain prevention services to organizations like the Los Angeles Police Department. Dr. McNamee’s Anti-Drug presentations for middle nd high school students have helped change student attitudes about illegal drug use and abuse.

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One Response to Thousand Oaks Water Solution

  1. William Hicks July 1, 2017 at 7:28 am

    We have drought’s and floods cyclically. Well, being prepared for the worse, there is nothing chiseled in granite that the last few years of drought are going to continue.

    Be Boy Scout’s and be prepared. while it is wise to re-use water it is equally wise to improve water storage. The re-use of water could be a local project. Improved storage could be a State/Federal project.

    Both approaches are not free but necessary. A Train to nowhere is not cheap and it is unnecessary compared to life supporting water.


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